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Everyone Knows Everything: Wikipedia and the Globalization of Knowledge, by Marshall T. Poe[edit]

I'd be really interested in reviewing this one. I can't say I have specific expertise in epistemology but I have spent some time discussing the very topic of this book. In real life, I'm a university professor. I first got involved on Wikipedia (under my main account but I'd rather keep anonymity in this case) because I used it to find quick info on fairly technical subjects in my field. When reading such articles, I know enough to tell the difference between solid information and low-quality or even incorrect/misleading content but I often see that my students fail to treat Wikipedia as a potentially flawed source. I also have discussed with colleagues the gap between our expectations of Wikipedia as a reliable hub for globalized knowledge and our reluctance to put efforts into contributing to highly specialized topics. Ragesoss, I can send you my email and postal address if I can have the privilege of doing the review. Pichpich (talk) 19:46, 23 March 2009 (UTC)

Lazy Virtues: Teaching Writing in the Age of Wikipedia, by Robert E. Cummings[edit]

Frankly, the concept of teaching writing in the age of Wikipedia is of great interest to me. Cummings seems a sensible man, and I'm interested in hearing about his opinions on the matter while bringing substantial Wikipedia experience to bear as I review the book. Rageoss, I'd be happy to send you my postal address etc. via e-mail if I have the opportunity to read his work.– Thomas H. Larsen 06:53, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

Sorry, for that book (and Lih's) I found reviewers by announcing the opportunity on the Signpost suggestion page. The publisher has already sent out 4 review copies to the people listed. However, we're planning a voice discussion among a number of people who are interested in Wikipedia assignments (including Cummings, if he can make it for whatever time we schedule). See Wikipedia:Wikivoices/Wikipedia assignments.--ragesoss (talk) 14:21, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
I understand completely. I wish the reviewers all the best—good luck! I'll be eagerly awaiting the public release of the book. – Thomas H. Larsen 06:00, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

Focus on Wikipedia?[edit]

I think we should clarify that (if...?) we are focused on Wikipedia, and clearly state whether we will review books that don't mention the word Wikipedia (or at least any project of Wikimedia Foundation of the foundation itself...). Also, what about reviews of academic articles? I don't think this is centralized now. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 17:26, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

Reviews aren't limited to books that mention Wikipedia or other Wikimedia projects directly. Some deal with issues that are important to the community (e.g., intellectual property, research methods, the sociology of online communities) and can be applied to Wikipedia by savvy readers. We have a review of The Independent Scholar's Handbook in the works; it was published in 1993, but the reviewer sees it as relevant for Wikipedians. I've tried to make it clear that the main criteria is that reviews should be written for an audience of Wikipedians; feel free to make changes to the introduction or guidelines.
As for reviews of academic articles, that's something I'm open to, at least for specific coherent collections of articles. Evaluating (and not just reporting on) academic articles is a little trickier than reviewing books, because the associated genre ("review article") is more specifically a scholarly endeavor than the "book review" genre (which varies widely, and is flexible enough to accommodate opinionated reviews). But the more we can get in the Signpost about academic studies of Wikipedia, the better, as far as I'm concerned.--ragesoss (talk) 04:16, 18 May 2009 (UTC)

Against the Machine: How the Web Is Reshaping Culture and Commerce -- and Why It Matters, by Lee Siegel[edit]

I'm willing to review this book. Actually, it would really interest me because one of my current MET courses is called Curriculum Issues in Cultural and New Media Studies so I would be very interested to read Siegel's take on the cultural aspect in particular. The course text I am currently reading is called Culture & Technology and it's informative but rather dry--I am guessing Siegel's book would balance out my readings nicely. If you have a review copy, I can email my address to you, let me know... If not, I'll grab a copy from Amazon. κaτaʟavenoTC 02:18, 24 May 2009 (UTC)

Done - needs updating[edit]

Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/Newsroom/Review_desk#The_World_and_Wikipedia:_How_We_are_Editing_Reality.2C_by_Andrew_Dalby is done - just read it in Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2010-05-03/Book review :) Also, I am wondering - are Signpost articles categorized - can we see the "Signpost book reviews" category? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 21:37, 4 May 2010 (UTC)

Sorry, Piotrus. I saw this message when you posted it, and updated the page. As to your categories idea, I thought that was a good idea and planned to add cats to all the reviews, I just hadn't gotten around to it yet, and so put off replying here. Feel free to add such cats yourself if you like, or I'll get to it soonish.--ragesoss (talk) 17:26, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

Book reviews inactive?[edit]

It looks like this section of Signpost has been inactive since 2010. I love reading book reviews, especially on communal projects (like WP), social media and how technology is impacting culture. Any chances you might revive this area? Liz Read! Talk! 23:13, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

@Ragesoss, The ed17: I'm interested in writing some reviews once the fall semester ends. I'm looking at The Plugged-In Professor: Tips and techniques for teaching with social media by Ferris and Wilder as well as A Social History of Knowledge II: From the Encyclopaedia to Wikipedia by Burke. I'm not opposed to other books already on the list. Any recommendations? Chris Troutman (talk) 18:58, 1 December 2013 (UTC)